A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Cardwell to Ayr, extending west across the tropical interior to the Northern Territory border, including Mt Isa and Longreach.
At 10:00 am EST Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 2 was estimated to be 150 kilometers south southwest of Georgetown and 385 kilometres east northeast of Mt Isa and moving west southwest at 40 kilometers per hour.
YASI CONTINUES TO WEAKEN, BUT IS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN AND DANGEROUS WIND GUSTS ABOUT THE TROPICAL COAST AND ACROSS THE TROPICAL INTERIOR.
The DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Yasi, with gusts in excess of 125 km/h, will weaken as it continues to move in a west-southwesterly direction. Overnight TC Yasi will be near the Northern Territory border west of Mt Isa as a tropical depression.
DAMAGING WINDS, with gusts above 90 km/h, are occurring along the coast between Cardwell and Ayr and also through much of the tropical interior. These winds are forecast to extend to the Northern Territory border including Longreach and Mount Isa, while easing about coastal parts during the afternoon.
TIDE levels are now falling and are not expected to pose any further threat to coastal areas between Port Douglas and Ayr. However, large waves will continue for the next few hours.
HEAVY RAINS will continue about the coast and will result in a continuation of localised and river flooding.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAINS are also forecast to move with the cyclone and cause localized flooding and possible river flooding across the interior